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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Glass Etching

My daughter-in-law and I wanted to have friends over for a tea party and we wanted them to be able to take something home with them. Since we had some glass etching cream that we used on her and my son's toasting glasses for their wedding we decided to etch a glass for each guest. We wanted to keep the cost down so bought our glasses at The Dollar Tree.
This is one of the toasting glasses from the wedding. The big "M" came from Tie the Knot Cricut cartridge and the small "M" & "S" came from the Jasmine.
These are the glasses that our guest could take home. We chose 3 different size glasses.
This is our trial glass before starting the ones for our guests. It has icicles and snowflakes but since it was the holiday season we chose to use icicles holly leaves for our guests.
 First we cut the images on the Cricut using vinyl. Our icicles and snowflakes came from the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art and the holly leaves were from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. You will want to use the reverse image so you can use the actual image for something else if you want. If you don't have access to a cutting machine you could use any adhesive stencil.
 The icicles were easy to adhere to the glass. Since it was curved we had to make sure the creases were closed, we did this by pressing them flat.

We used transfer tape with our snowflakes and holly leaves so our small pieces stayed in there exact place.

 The etching cream was applied with a foam paintbrush. We applied it pretty thick but not so thick that it dripped down.

After about 10 minutes we rinsed the etching cream off with warm water and removed the vinyl.

We had a lot of fun making the glasses and the image could be changed for any occasion. I think they would make a great personalized gift.


Kate said...

This is so beautiful! My sister in law did this for us with those pretty see-through glass mugs and we enjoyed them for years (until we broke them!)

Thanks for sharing!

Stacie said...

First of all, what drew me into reading this post was that you and your daughter-in-law had a tea party! How sweet is that?!?!? So often today we hear about all the tension and drama that exists between mother- and daughter-in-law. I pray that I can have a close and loving relationship with my daughters-in-law someday.

Now, on to the glasses. . .great idea!!! I never knew how those designs were made! Very nice.
Take care,

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

I etched glasses for our wedding. I'd forgotten about etching. You explained it very well. I'll have to do it again sometime.

Visiting from the Crew.

Mary said...

Wow! That is neat!!

Jill said...

Beautiful! What a great idea. I am going to have to look for etching cream and try this with my daughter.

Doris P. said...

beautiful!! WOULD LOVE TO KNOW THOUGH... is the snowflakes inside the glass?? is the icicle outside?? Withe the etching cream -it is safe then to drink if in the inside? can they be put in dishwasher then?? WOULD love to know.. my daughter is turning 30 this year and would love to do something fun for everyone

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

How neat!! I didn't even know that kind of stuff is out there. They turned out great!

the Mcclanahan 7 said...

To answer the questions from Doris (I emailed her too)
I put both the snowflakes and the icicles on the outside of the glass. The etching cream is washed off completely so I would assume it would be ok to use on the inside of the glass. We made our glasses in early November and use them everyday & they are fine in the dishwasher.

Unknown said...

Those are gorgeous!!! What a great idea. There are always tons of cool glasses at the thrift stores, so these would be super inexpensive, too!

Anonymous said...

Can you show us how to decorate them

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